Card games are among the most popular indoor pastime across the globe and in these famous card games, Solitaire is one of the few single-player games. This game can be played with a deck of cards or on a computer. There are Solitaire games that can be played on a small card table while others would require a larger space like the floor or a bedspread. Smaller cards are also available if you wish to play a large layout in a small games table.

So, how is it played? Let’s look at the rules and steps involved in playing Solitaire.

How to set up Solitaire

  1. First, you would need to make four piles of the cards, one of each suit, starting from Ace and ending on King and make sure to arrange them in ascending order.
  2. Now, start the layout. Place one card face up, and next to it, place six cards face down. On the second face-down card put another face up one but slightly lowered and on the rest of the card, place face down cards. Continue this until you have seven piles with one face up card and so that the first pile has one card and the rest have 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 cards. Make sure to leave place above the cards for four piles.
  3. Make a pile of the remaining cards. You will pick cards from here if you run out of moves.

Playing Solitaire

  1. It’s time to play now!

Look at the face up cards. If there are any aces, place them above the cards. If there are none, you can move the face-up cards. You can only rearrange cards so that the card you place is of a different color and has a value of one less than the card you place it on top of. Move cards until you cannot make any more moves and each pile alternates in colors. While you move cards, make sure that the first card of each pile is face up.

  1. Use aces as a foundation to build your piles. If there is an ace above your playing cards, you can move cards of the corresponding suit from the place cards on the Ace but in ascending order (A, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, J, Q, K).
  2. If you run out of moves to play, take cards from the reserve deck. Flip over the first three cards in the pile and see if you can use them anywhere, starting from the top one from the pile. If you put down all three, flip over another three and repeat the procedure. If you cannot make a move with the cards, keep them in a separate pile (the waste stack) making sure to keep the order the same. Repeat until the reserve stack has ended and then move onto the waste stack (without shuffling it).
  3. If there are hidden cards, move cards them around until you can place your desired cards in the desired places.
  4. In case of using all the cards in one pile, you can place a King in the empty space.
  5. Move cards around until all the cards are in suit sequences in the foundation piles to win!

There are also many variations of Solitaire that you can try out next.